HOWARD HAPPENINGS: What’s happening in Howard?


The electric company will be doing some line maintenance and repairs in the Blanchard and Beech Creek areas on Sunday and will have the power shut off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember to check on your elderly neighbors to see if they are staying warm enough and also remember to check on those who may not be in good health.   Make preparations early so you aren’t caught off guard on Sunday morning.


Howard Fire Company held their annual gun and cash drawing last Saturday afternoon. Winners of the guns were Tara Walters, Denise Nixon, Gerald Hanley, Denny Long, George Demchak, Landis Wright, Chad Koleno, Christine Baust and Tom Choe.   Marilyn Butterworth won the Liberty Gun Safe.  Winners of the $300 cash prizes were Buzz Brownson, David Overgood, Blake Billow, Robert Blazina, Mike Baust, Patty Moyle, William Biddle, James Robb, Mark Ott and Rich Young.   A special bingo ball game prize of a Glock 43-9 mm with a custom made shelf was won by Tom Moyle.


Centre County PAWS is sponsoring a bingo tonight at Mt. View Country Club (formerly the Elks Club).  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  The prizes will be of Pandora and Vera Bradley products along with special cash prizes being awarded.  Doors open at 5:30, early bird specials begin at 6:30 and regular bingo games start at 7 p.m.


David Heaton and his band, Country Connection, will have a square/round dance on Saturday evening at the BEA High School in Wingate.  The dance and country music will be from 7-10.  You don’t have to dance if you don’t want to but you certainly can enjoy the music and fellowship.  Admission is $6 per person, but those under age 12 are free.  The proceeds from this event will benefit the school’s FFA program.


RDN Enterprises is having a Pre-Christmas Auction at the Nittany Valley Fire Station in Lamar on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2-9 p.m.  Lots of items will be available that will make great Christmas gifts.  A Toys for Tots Drive will be held during the auction for you to buy a toy (or two) and donate at the auction to the Marine Corp Toys for Tots program.   For more info call Roger at 717-571-9155.


Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will have their Sunday Worship Service on Saturday evening at the church beginning at 7 p.m.  This service change is because of the power outage that is scheduled for Sunday.  Join Pastor Eckenroad on Saturday evening for the worship service.

The BC Wesleyan Church will offer a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 11-2 at the Furst Corner Restaurant in Beech Creek.  Meals will be available for dine in, take out or delivered for those who aren’t able to travel.  Meals for delivery can be ordered by calling 570-295-7217 or call 570-962-2732 before Thursday.


Santa Claus is coming to the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall on Dec. 3 and you’re invited to come to enjoy breakfast with him.  The event runs from 9-11 and features breakfast, kid’s crafts, photos with Santa and treats.  The event is free but Raine would like you to bring a donation of non-perishable food items that will be given to local families in need this Christmas season.

This is the fourth year for this event and this year it is the senior project for Raine Smith of Blanchard.  Raine is a junior at Central Mountain High School and she’s already helped out with this event in the past and it’s the perfect opportunity for her to fulfill her senior project requirement.

Raine has been in charge of the Arts and Craft station and always does a wonderful job with helping and entertaining the kids at the breakfast. Raine is the daughter of Christian Smith and granddaughter of Donald and Dana Smith.  She is a WoodmenLife member and loves cooking and baking and she hopes to study Criminal Law after high school.

Raine invites everyone to come to the Breakfast with Santa.  It’s not just for kids, and is a great time of fellowship.  Everyone, including Santa, should start their day by eating a good breakfast.


Plans are underway to have the Santa Jump Jamboree in Beech Creek on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10-3.  Santa and two of his elves will be parachuting onto the ball field at 1 p.m. (weather permitting).  Once his feet are firmly on the ground, Santa will meet and greet the children and hand out treats.

Santa’s Workshop (crafts for kids) will be in the Friendship Community Center.  There will be bike give-a-ways for three age groups.  The Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be giving away turkeys and hams.

Vendors will be set up at the Friendship Community Center, at the fire company’s social hall and between the ball field and the borough building.  For a vendor application or for more info call Billie at 570-962-9944 or Wendy at 570-295-0421.

Parking is available at the Beech Creek Legion and the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church with shuttle buses running throughout the day.  The bus will stop for passengers to get on and off at the post office building.  Limited handicapped parking will be made available at the boro building and the fire station, but those able to use the shuttle buses should do so.


Bald Eagle State Park will have bird walks each Wednesday during November beginning at 9 a.m.  The walks will last about an hour or so and you’ll be able to see many birds who call the park home and those that will be migrating through the park.  Dress for the outdoor temperatures and weather.  Call 814-625-9369 to say you’ll come along.  Bring your binoculars.

Howard United Methodist Church will host a Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the church fellowship hall from 5-6:30 p.m.  The meal is free and open to the public, but we ask that you bring non-perishable food items to support the Howard Lions Food Bank.  For more info call Connie at 814-625-2231 or Patti at 625-2182.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Nov. 21 at the former Beech Creek Elementary School from 2-4 p.m.  Registration for Toys for Tots through the Lions Food Bank will be on Dec. 5 with toys handed out on Dec. 19.  You must show up in person to complete the application to receive toys.  See Ron Davy with any questions at the food bank distribution dates.

Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate will have a Fall Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Vendors will be set up in the school gym, lobby and cafeteria.  The craft show benefits the Spanish Club, the Jr. Class and student government.  For more info email to or call Andrea at 814-355-4868, ext. 1192.


Bald Eagle .22 Rifle League saw the Tylersville team travelling to Marsh Creek on Nov. 15 for a match with the Liberty Township team.  Top shooters for the visitors were Dave Leedy at 98-6x with Bob Marshall close behind with a 98-5x.  Mike Bonchack fired a 97-4x and John Brungard finished with a 96-2x.  Tylersville finished with a team score of 767-26x

Liberty Township top shooters were Lenny Young, Jr. with an impressive 100-7x; Allen Muthler shot a 99-7x; Park Lane fired a 98-4x and Terry Day held steady for a 98-3x finish.  Liberty Township won the match with a team score of 780-28x.

Junior shooters for the Liberty Township team were Lance Bowman, Jayden Day, Kyle Hollobaugh and Chase Roan.

This was the last match before the winter break running through bear and deer hunting seasons and Christmas.  A winter meeting will be held on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.  Rifle league shooting will resume on Jan. 3.   For more info on the winter meeting place and agenda call Norm at 570-726-4015 or Bob at 726-7732.


Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to or by telephone at 814-625-2684.